Terror in the Corn 2013

Scare FactorActingSets/FXLengthOverall
Kris1010101010
Alex1010101010
Marlena7810108.75
Crystal81010109.5
Jason9910109.5
Peyton8910109.25
Eric8810109
Overall8.579.1410.0010.009.43

Kris Kropelnicki

Would you prefer the ‘All Inclusive’ package when deciding which Fall/Halloween event to go to this year? Do you have a love for all things that are fall and all things that are Halloween? There is a distinct difference and some people, like me, really enjoy the above referenced package and at Anderson Farms, the ‘package’ if you will is a harmonious blend of the very best of both. This, to me, is perfection.

The farm is incredible and day or night, it is filled with the smell of hay, campfires and home cooked goodies that transported me to a simpler time. A place free from deadlines, tablets and smart phones.  Well laid out and extremely well cared for, Anderson Farms offers something for everyone. From the country store to the barrel train ride for younger kids; animals, pumpkin patch, wagons and a great light show round everything out to make it the perfect day into night outing destination.

When the sun goes down, there are plenty of things to do and my favorite is their haunted house, Terror in the Corn. This haunted house, which has really come into its own this year, has been scaring the pants off their customers with finesse for years; this year was different. This year, Terror in the Corn not only scared me, they kept me creeped out from start to finish. This was accomplished with detailed sets, character rich acting and creativity I haven’t seen elsewhere in a very long time. It was a welcome change of pace and everything flowed together flawlessly for that has stayed with me still.

The haunt starts with a tractor pulled wagon ride out into the corn and more importantly, out into the dark. Civilization slips and fades away into the dark night, blanketed with millions of stars that wink as though they know my fate. As I looked ahead and then behind me, I realized something dreadful; no one can hear my screams out here. I was not comforted in the least.

There are several stops along the way to see mini scenes that are set up; some are funny, most are very eerie and scary and really got me in the mood for the haunt ahead. My favorite part of the ride was, hands down, the ghost rider that emerged from the dark to warn us about the dangers that will befall me if I continue. I could spend a lifetime trying to explain him and it would never do him justice. Never. Take my word for it and go see for yourself. You won’t be sorry. Outstanding.

As I exited the wagon I was told to watch for snakes and was told this again several times through the haunt. I quickly learned why. Throughout the haunt, snakes slither and sneak, lying in wait of unsuspecting souls, like myself, to come bumbling their way through, striking when least expected.

I encountered all manner of characters while winding my way through the corn. Savage beasts, witches, scarecrows, skeletons, hillbillies, brides and miners all worked together with well timed scares and great dialogue and interaction. They kept me on my toes, there was always something going on; I was grateful for the one or two tiny ‘dead spots’ so I could gather myself a minute before the next assault on my senses. The actors got me from every angle, in and out of the corn. The growling wolf sounds, coupled with some of the strangest, carnal noises I’ve ever heard from an actor kept me uptight all the way through the haunt. I was always looking over my shoulder.

Costuming and makeup were well done and there were only a couple of costumes that needed a bit of fine tuning to perfect them. Overall they looked authentic and fit the scenes the actors were in well.

Set design was expanded and improved this year and the fine details were present and done well; full immersion was easily achieved. There were great props everywhere I turned and the ghost town was exceptional with lighting that while very dim, accented the best of the focal points while allowing light to bleed into surrounding areas that cast an eerie pallor over everything. It was believable and it kept me edgy and wondering what was waiting around the next corner.

If you appreciate a detailed haunt that has mastered all of the finer nuances of lighting, sounds and setting, and then paired them with a great wagon ride and superb acting, then get out to Anderson Farms in Erie. Enjoy the Fall Festival by day and then test your bravery by creeping around the ghost town at night!! This haunt has to be seen and experienced!

As a side note, the Zombie Paintball is a great addition, and riding a wagon through the corn while shooting static and REAL zombies, (who signs up to be shot at repeatedly I wonder?) is a ton of fun and a great way to end a day filed with fun and fright! Don’t miss it!

Pros: Sets, Acting, Longer length

Cons: They won’t let me live there

 

Alex Gallegos

I really have to hand it to Terror in the Corn. It takes a certain kind of personality to combine heavy agricultural equipment, crazy miners, disco lights and a whole slew of poisonous snakes and expect something entertaining rather than tragic to happen when you do, but that is exactly what they’ve done and somehow, it’s worked.

The haunted hayride that begins the experience is pretty fantastic as always and it features the kind of acting that I wish I saw a little more often in haunts around the state. For all the conversations that actors are willing to have with the tourists meandering through their town, it’s very rare to run into a scene en medias res, something I wished would happen a little more often. Most places seem to think that “scripting” is a term that can be applied to five words scribbled out on a cocktail napkin and that the word “whackadoodle” is sufficient characterization.

There’s a certain level of theatricality on display here that you don’t see otherwise, and it comes through not only in the acting but the sets and special effects as well. Some of the animatronics are pretty well done of course but anyone can buy an expensive piece, plug it in and press the ON button. There’s a certain spookiness that transcends that and it can only be achieved when a certain level of thought is put into not just every scene, but the spaces in between scenes. Making the whole experience flow into something cohesive is an important idea and something a lot of haunts don’t manage, and yes, if you’re someone whose haunt is supposed to be a mansion that includes its own butcher shop, army training ground, and science lab, it is in your general direction that I am looking with a tiny head shake of pity. The ghost town works well because it starts as a ghost town, continues to be a ghost town, and ends up as a ghost town, with most of the critical set pieces still there – bank, saloon, etc. John Wayne would probably be at home here in this little town, except for the way it’s flowing with the blood of the innocent and damned alike of course.

Beyond the town itself, the haunt also gives a glimpse of the outlying areas, letting us out to view the werewolves who have besieged the ghost town, the outcasts who live just outside the ghost town boiling up hooch, and the haunted graveyard of the ghost town where the town’s ghosts go. If you’ve noticed just how many times I used the phrase “ghost town” then I think you may understand just how much this consistency of theme means to me.

For a haunt experience that the whole family can enjoy, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than Terror in the Corn. There really is something for everyone, and the sheer amount of activities available at the Anderson Farms certainly helps as well. You can easily make a whole night’s entertainment out of it, especially if you also do the Zombie Paintball (which, if you want to be happy with the rest of your life, you probably should, hint hint).

PROS: Highly detailed, professional sets, great special effects and animatranics

CONS: Every now and again a little piece of the modern world could be glimpsed if you really looked closely behind the scenes, but it was opening night; these will probably be smoothed out right away.

Marlena Baker

It all starts with an innocent wagon ride. Seems like the right thing to do while you’re on a farm. As you head for the little town nearby things start to seem odd. The people you come across seem more than a little off. Several of them warn you about the snakes. By the time you get to the town, you’re not really sure you want to get off the wagon. That’s the setup for Terror in the Corn. It’s a great themed haunt, with great atmosphere above all.

Before you even get there, you need to take a little stroll through the corn field. It’s a fun little walk. There are plenty of scenes to look at from witches to moonshine stills. Wolves will stalk you in the corn and actors keep you scared through the dark walk. The acting was good, though there were still quite a few actors telling us to “Get out!”. The sets were on theme and interesting. Even when we were between scenes, the corn was used well. There were jump scares and sounds out in the darkness to keep things interesting. Then, we got to the town.

The residents of the town range between crazy and homicidal. The town itself was huge and full of interesting characters. The sets were very detailed and full of life. The town, really one big set, was so large that the actors were supplemented with animatronics and effect. It wasn’t a bad thing. They had fire effect, crazy lights to disorient us, and monsters. Around every corner something was waiting for us. The actors did a great job too. They interacted with us well. It really felt like they each had a character, not just lines. It all added up to a great time.

Terror in the Corn is a little bit of everything. There’s a wagon ride, a corn trek, and big ghost town. I was thrown out of the mood between the different sections, unfortunately. There’s a waiting line between each. They have sets and actors in those areas, so they aren’t boring, but they don’t help the flow. Overall, I really liked it. It’s a haunt worth seeing, for sure.

Pros: Varied settings, great sets, spooky atmosphere
Cons: Waiting lines mid haunt, some weak acting moments

Crystal Gallagher

Haunted wagon ride complete with ominous prophecy, check. Creatures lurking, waiting amid the silent corn, check. Ghost town full of various spooks and specters, check. Worm hole, ch- wait, what? This haunt contained a variety of scenes and props, which combined to create a sometimes baffling, but always delightful whole.

The sets were really well designed, in that they were made of a large variety of materials and the layout was good. Some of the materials used were identifiable as everyday things, made eerie by the setting and the dark, which I rather liked. There were tons of hiding places, far more than were used, so it was hard to predict in which the scares would be.

Some of the scenes made me ponder a bit at the scenario I supposed that we were in after the intro – haunted corn field. However, a random worm hole, as a general rule, does tend to account for whatever weirdness comes after. On the whole, I do believe that it worked.

The actors did a great job of interacting with our group. There was some good dialogue back and forth with different group members, invites inside for tea and dinner, which I found to be rather polite. Too bad the other critics insisted that there were most likely ulterior motives there and that I simply mustn’t stop. I could have really gone for a cup of tea… The actors had distinct characters and roles, which they played well. The costumes were well done and fit each scene.

One of the things I really liked about this haunt is that it made me laugh several times. Some of the scenes and dialogue were just silly, and most likely meant to be so. The scenes one encounters during the wagon ride feel like they are lampooning all the things people going to a haunted house expect before the wagon ride ends and the haunt proper begins. This same sense of humor was present at various places throughout the haunt. It was a nice experience to go from starting at something unexpected to laughing at the absurd and back again. So while I didn’t walk away feeling like this haunt was super high on the fright factor, I did walk away feeling like I had enjoyed myself immensely, and it was well worth the trip.

Pros: Variety of sets, good acting, laughter inducing as well as startling

Cons: None

Jason Peterson

This place has what you need to entertain any haunt enthusiast at any level. Pulling into this property gets cooler every season. It should. These folks have hundreds of years of combined experience in haunting, they love every minute of it and it shows. Giant pumpkins and even a Pumpkin Horse Carriage. They had fire pits and the smells coming from the food venders made me want to stay for dinner. No time for that business we had a haunt to check out as well as a Zombie shooting gallery!

As we await our tractor drawn chariot you can look out along this vast property and see so much going on between guests and the frequent visits from the undead and dying actors staggering and limping about.

Then we load up with several other passengers and start our journey through the corn. We encounter a ghostly horseman that I have to say is Bad Ass! Makeup and acting, this was visually awesome, I watched him til’ he drifted eerily out of sight. I really enjoy the tractor ride, and getting to stop and enjoy sets and scenes along the way is a blast.

Now it’s time for the walk through section of this attraction. Cool facade with frequent noises and ghouls crashing through the corn . This haunt is more like a haunted village of the damned to me. It has an amazing flow and some Hollywood set design feel in certain corners and crevasses. Makeup and acting with some pretty intense startle scares are waiting for you. Had a beast hiding in a section of fenced hallways that had his timing and delivery down very well! He will get you! Actor’s interacted with us and kept after you.

A few latex masks are present throughout the walk through  but I didn’t mind them so much this season. I liked most of the uses and dialogue behind most. We even hit this haunt on the first night and they were hitting on all cylinders. Brutus and Cletus were hilarious and terrifying. 85 actors running a muck in this haunt. And plan on close to 40 minutes of fun from tractor to the haunt exit!

We then get directed to the all new Zombie Paintball Tractor ride! These guys aren’t messing around. Two trailers with 20 Armed and loaded paintball weapons! We all are asked to face inward towards one another until instructed to turn, unsock our gun barrels  and take guns out of safety. We drive past small sets with targets and props to blast with black light reactive paintballs! If that wasnt cool enough there were live zombie actors to blast! Some came flying at the trailers others were slow moving,  easy targets but fun to blast anyway. That’s gotta be a rough job!

This was a great time!

Pros-Fun for everyone, Gory good interactive fun!

Cons- So far from my home

Peyton Lucero

Walking up to Anderson Farms, my eyes catch all of the advertisement and spot that there are new attractions this year! Already my mind is getting excited for this amazing and treacherous thrill ride through the Terror on the Corn! Entering the main area where there are many eye catching treats, we get our two wrist bands that are specifically labeled for the haunted hay ride attraction and the amazing zombie paintball ride! I was definitely in for a fun and thrilling night with the two out of five plus attractions that we were attending.

Waiting in line, I see our ride approach the loading station. Here is where we rip our tickets off our bands and climb up the stairs to the wagon ride of monstrosity! Sitting down waiting to begin, we are instructed, by what looks like to be ghouls floating from side to side of the wagon. As we’re getting instructed, I notice the run down shack that I was sitting in and was observing all of the scenery and set work that was put into this huge shed. There was a distressed looking cabin on one side and a graveyard type scene on the other. It flowed very nicely and balanced each other out. Great start to the haunt!

Traveling through the mysterious maze, I see many sets and actors up in the air, acting out their roles and playing the character like they should. They were very entertaining and even had a couple props and animatronics that interacted with the crowd. One part of the interaction ended up spraying me right in my face! Totally unexpected and very chilling to the bone. You definitley want to watch out for surprise attacks, because you never know when they’ll pop out and get you from any direction!

I loved all the scenes that were put into play and just when you think it’s over, they kick us off the wagon, where then we have to continue our journey on foot.

Making our way through the thick, muddy corn, l am in Aw of the set work, detail, props, animatronics and more that we end up passing by. All the actors and actresses that played a role in these sets did a great job at staying in character. Although they did an awesome job with acting, the make up, I thought, had lacked a little bit in detail and finalizing the character. I saw more masks then I did make ups, but with that many actors and little time to do everyore’s make up would definitely make it a time crunch and stressful to get everyone complete and in rooms on time. So it’s for sure, understandable in my perspective to see masks. A tip that might help with making the characters (actors) spot on with make up is maybe have them start applying prosthetics ahead of time, so that way when they reach the haunt, they will already be one step closer to being finished. Even if they don’t know how to apply, getting help from a friend is always useful. Just a thought =)

This was my second year going through Terror in the Corn, and might I say, I was very impressed! These guys knock it out of the park every time and always makes my jaws drop. One of my favorite parts of attending this haunt was the Zombie paintball shootout, where we hopped from one wagon ride to the next.  The only difference about this one was that it was armed with at least twenty different paintball guns. That’s all I’m going to say, other than the fact that it was a blast and you’ll have to find out the rest of the experience for yourself! It’s that fun! l had a fantastic time here and so will you! Definitely worth the trip!

Pros- Set work, Length, entertainment

Cons- lots of masks, few low lit areas, some dialogue

Eric Guetterman

Anderson Farms offers a lot more than just a haunted house.  Their Fall Festival atmosphere is inviting and comfortable on this active farm setting with a huge pumping visible from far away mounted high up on top of an old grain silo.  There is an outdoor eating pavilion with a variety of food, some amazingly well crafted Halloween decorations and props, a kids pumpkin patch, daytime activities for families and kids and plans for a choreographed light show and magicians to entertain along with the nightly DJ’s and occasional bands.  Since we had a little extra time this evening we had the opportunity to enjoy their Zombie Paintball Hunt which is available at an extra charge.  What a blast that was – shooting targets, props and even “live” zombies that come at the wagon you are riding in, and plenty of paint ball “bullets” to do a lot of zombie destruction, just remember that brain shots are the only real zombie “kills” and try to save at least one last round just in case.

This haunt starts out like no other I have ever been on, with a farm tractor towed wagon ride.  The wagon ride itself was a hoot and my worries that the seperation from the scares that the wagon created would take away from the experience were unfounded.

Their sets were consistently very well done and artfully lit with actors in often beautifully sick make up or masks.  One of the first scenes we encountered literally took my breath away with it’s unnerving,  amazingly lit movie scene quality perfection.  As the path took us to the field, a very mobile apparition came up with a harsh warning of terror and pain in cursed fate.  The actor followed as the wagon cut noisily off the path and pushed into the rustling depth of the corn field.

This first part of the attraction is less about in your face scares and more about entertaining you with beatifully lit and well acted scenes that are still more than capable of startling you.  There are some additional harder hitting scares brought by the creatures inhabiting the corn that occationally attack the wagon before slipping away and dissapearing back into the field.  The way they used a chainsaw on this portion was the best I’ve see in a long time.

The production value was enhanced by their good sound design (some of their audio could be louder or sound tracks altered to be more disturbing), their impressive use of real fire effects, the occasional pneumatics and moving props/creatures and a water gag that got me dead on and then had me laughing.  The home made looking PVC props used in this water gag is proof that you can use low cost components to great effect, in this case with a tongue in cheek humor.

After the wagon ride comes onto a shack in a small clearing in the field, we all got off the wagon and queued up to enter.  This portion of the haunt becomes more like a traditional haunted walk through as you walk into buildings and scenes built into the corn.  The corn field provides a continuity to this haunt with it’s naturally creepy set design that never lets up or brings you back to the safety of reality.  There are no clues or reminders that this isn’t real, that this is just built for fun in some underused mall or tent, that we really chose to be here and aren’t desperate to escape the clutches of the field, it’s sick and deranged inhabitants, or the ever present snakes.

There were come from nowhere actors that could scare with a whisper better than some scare with a scream.  Several memorable performers with clever or sickening dialogue and another well used chain saw appeared suddenly, scared the front of our group, harassed us and quickly dissappeared – a perfect beat later he dropped a comment that left me with a laugh as I walked away – I loved it!

Some of the sets had interesting details that were purposefully and artistically the visual focus, well lit and subtly natural looking without getting lost in an overwhelming density of stuff.  The beautifully wet looking freshly killed animals in one scene could turn your stomach or make you hungry depending on your tolerance for seeing where food comes from.  There were few more stomach churning EWWWWW moments, some  evanescent ghosts, amazing details to things like doors and coffins, beautiful props or masks I haven’t seen in other haunts yet, and one of my personal favorites  – cleverly hidden/disguised performers that launched themselves toward us from hiding spot that I had been looking straight at a split second earlier without seeing a thing.  There was an obvious core crew of experienced and excellent performers and an enthusiasm to many of the seemingly more inexperienced actors that should hopefully coalesce into an outstanding overall performance as they hit their stride.  One smaller female character had me so disturbed that days later I still can not unhear what I heard reverberate out of her chest cavity that night.

The overall experience at this haunt left me with one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever had exiting a Halloween attraction.  While there are plenty of solid scares, that wasn’t the sole focus on this entertaining experience – if it had a few more stumble backward in terror scares and a spine chilling back story that was supported more thoroughly it would have been nearly perfection.

Pros:    Design details, scenic, lighting

Cons:   not enough gut punch, some actors seemed to need more rehearsal, missed opportunities in creating story

ADDRESS:
6728 County Road 3 1/4
Erie, CO. 80516
PRICE:
  • $20,00
  • $30 VIP
  • See website for pricing for zombie paintball and fall festival
DATES/HOURS:
September 21st – November 2nd.Thursday & Sunday 7:00pm – 10:00pmFriday & Saturday 7:00pm – 11:00pm
NOTES:
Terror in the Corn
PREVIEW:
Terror in the Corn is Colorado’s only Haunted Hayride & Ghost Town experience.  Our 35 minute four part haunt is one you won’t soon forget.As the tractor drawn wagon heads deeper into the night, through the unforgiving cornfield, you will encounter many ghoulish creatures of the night that will give you spine tingling chills. Once entering the rickety wooden walls of a deserted ghost town, there is no turning back. You will be screaming with fright and wanting more.Go inside… if you dare…